Importing data to mysql from excel file


I have an excel file contains data. I want to import this data in Mysql database. Is there any tool or script can be used to do such thing? Put in mind the file contains utf8 data.

Thanks in advance
Ahmed MerghaniSoftware EngineerAsked:
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
I would first convert the Excel file to csv.
Since you will lose the accented characters if you save as csv directly, you can save the file as Unicode (.txt).
Then simply replace TAB characters with ;, or tell phpmyadmin, MySQL Workbench etc that the delimiter is the tab character.


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Ahmed MerghaniSoftware EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your response. I need some more clarifications. How to save .txt as .csv?? How to tell phpmyadmin, the delimiter is tab??
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
The csv is a text file, formatted. You can simply change the extension of the .txt to .csv. Only it won't be "Comma Separated Values", it will be "Tab Separated Values".

Then, in phpmyadmin use "\t" as delimiter.

import with phpMyAdmin
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Ahmed MerghaniSoftware EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your response.

It gives me this error:
#1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near '`' at line 1
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Did you select CSV as the format on import? That looks like the kind of error you would get when importing an SQL file.
Ahmed MerghaniSoftware EngineerAuthor Commented:
Yes I did. Attached part of the CSV file
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Works here. But I had to change the encoding to UTF8, because it was UCS2.

I created the table first, then imported the data.
import successful
Ahmed MerghaniSoftware EngineerAuthor Commented:
Ok that was the problem and now it works. I did not realize that encoding is not utf8!! I changed the encoding to utf8 and then I import the file without creating the table and it works.
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